VMware vRealize vs HP CSA Comparision - Nataraj

VMware vRealize v/s HP CSA Comparision

We are in midst of which private cloud solution to choose and probably this blog could help with the same.

Well i wanted to keep it simple and this blog is from implementation prospective. I would definitely would not want to do a feature comparison here at this blog, this would help to decide which private cloud solution to choose. This is purely based on my personal experience with both the solutions. I have literally spent a year on each of the solutions.


Well on paper HP CSA looks in comparison with VMware but when it comes implementation of HP CSA it’s complex and difficult to troubleshoot an issue well it get’s interesting when integrating the complete solution and integration with 3rd party system

Note:  My opinion is based on HP CSA version 3.5 and 4.0 and vRealize Version 6.0 and 6.1, and I have to admit that I have not lately worked on he of HP CSA(for an year or so) . 


My Opinion


  • Complex to install set-up the environment
  • Very difficult to debug and troubleshoot an issue. You get into an issue and only the team who is working on it would be able to help and getting to that team was a challenge by itself.
  • Tips and Tricks could be easily available with HP PSO to implement it faster
  • Integrating and Implementing DMA is challenge by itself
  • Most of the times might need HP PSO help
  • BOM is a challenge
  • Traditional might not be not be as right fit for the virtualized world but now HP has VPV and other solutions as well
  • Has content packs (I had some challenge in integration with AWS but now that should be resolved)
  • HP is living in a legacy world with legacy tools


VMware vRealize

  • Easy to implement
  • Help is available instantaneously this is the key between other solutions and working on VMware solutions. VMware has an ecosystem of support (large bogging community, tech community who are eager to help)
  • Works very well if it’s a VMware World (not necessarily but could integrate with MS SCVMM and other environments as well) I have not tried the physical deployment yet
  • Out of the box integration if you would want a private cloud setup done in less very amount of time
  • Complete tool sets are available
    • Hypervisor                      (ESXi)
    • Hypervisor Management (vCenter(
    • Cloud Management        (vRA)
    • Log Management            (Log Insight)
    • Monitoring and Management
    • Chargeback and Show back
  • Integration with Azure might be a challenge
  • VMware vRealize is for the SDDC
  • VMware vRealize with NSX is an absolute killer combination


Gartner’s Opinion

HP Cloud Service Automation

HP Cloud is a broad portfolio of cloud solutions that includes CMP software — Cloud Service Automation (CSA) v.4.0, which became generally available on 31 January 2014. It is sold as a stand-alone product or in prepackaged editions, or as a virtual appliance shipped with HP’s CloudSystem Enterprise for infrastructure services (profiled in the MG for IIS CMPs) — CSA is positioned for enterprises and service providers to build, manage and implement private and hybrid cloud environments. CSA can be used to manage the service life cycle for IaaS, private PaaS and application environments.

HP has been working to simplify its automation portfolio and pricing. CSA v.4.0 is included in two new editions:

  • Cloud & Automation (C&A) Suite Premium Edition includes CSA with cloud subscriber and management portal (to access and manage cloud services) with a visual service designer, Operations Orchestration, Server Automation (for OS provisioning, patch management, configuration management and compliance), HP Universal Configuration Management Database (UCMDB) and a six-month trial of HP ArcSight Logger (for threat and risk management — collects and consolidates machine data from log-generating sources).
  • C&A Suite Ultimate Edition includes everything in the premium edition and adds Server Automation (SA) Multi-master, Visualizer, Database and Middleware Automation (for database and middleware patching, provisioning, upgrading, compliance).


CSA v.4.0 features a new UI written in HTML5 that is more flexible and customizable than previous versions. From the consumer standpoint, CSA v.4.0 has the feel of an e-commerce shopping experience. Embedded in the service designer is the ability to create logical models of services that can be instantiated on multiple sets of cloud resources; v.4.0 adds a topology-based approach to service design consistent with TOSCA, which HP supports. Moreover, in the next version of CSA, slated for year-end 2014, the logical modeling of Continuous Delivery Automation (CDA) and CSA will be merged to provide common modeling functionality for infrastructure, platform and application services.

CSA is a multitenant and multihypervisor solution that supports VMware, Hyper-V, Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM; using OpenStack community drivers) and Integrity VM. It integrates with HP Matrix for HP physical infrastructure management. It also supports multiple public cloud environments, enabling management of hybrid cloud services, including HP Public Cloud Services, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Savvis. CSA uses RESTful APIs to integrate with other HP software (such as Asset Manager for showback/chargeback and the Executive Scorecard) and third-party products — for example, in security, performance management, IT financial management, asset management, dashboard reporting, network automation and storage management. HP ships an OpenStack distribution for resource management.

HP’s CMP go-to-market strategy includes HP’s direct sales organization, global single instances (GSIs; e.g., Accenture and Wipro), distributors, resellers and others.


  • HP provides broad and integrated product functionality for IaaS, private PaaS and application environments that can include database and middleware capabilities.
  • HP supports OpenStack and TOSCA, with a road map for merging CSA and CDA modeling.


  • HP’s wide portfolio of cloud solutions with changing packaging, pricing and positioning is confusing for some clients and prospects.
  • While CSA is better integrated into HP CloudSystem offerings, customers report lack of cohesion at the account and selling levels.


VMware vCloud Automation Center

VMware’s initial CMP offering was vCloud Director (vCD), providing basic CMP capability focused on a VMware-only stack. Because VMware is typically the incumbent virtualization vendor, vCD was frequently added to client shortlists. In August 2012, VMware acquired DynamicOps (now incorporated into VMware vCloud Automation Center [vCAC]), which added missing CMP functionality (for example, a mature governance features), as well as support for non-VMware environments (such as AWS and Hyper-V). vCAC includes functionality for service request via a service portal and catalog, orchestration capability that provides automation and governance, and basic chargeback. vCAC 6.0 became generally available in December 2013.

VMware continues to make key enhancements to the suite — for example, to merge application release automation with service request capabilities and support for OpenStack, as well as tighter integration with its vCenter Operations Management Suite for extended configuration management and predictive analytics-based monitoring. Strategically, VMware’s vCloud Suite is a culmination of its broader CMP portfolio integrated to offer comprehensive service request, operations, financial management (via VMware IT Business Management Suite) and private PaaS capability (via vCloud Application Director). We expect service broker capability to be added as well.

VMware vCloud Hybrid Services (vCHS) is a public cloud offering that enables migration across private and public cloud. As the incumbent hypervisor in most IT organizations and from many service providers, VMware is in a position to garner a significant portion of the CMP market to support enterprise hybrid clouds, but will need to demonstrate leadership in functionality, maintain credible heterogeneity support, and deliver a tightly integrated suite from its acquired tools. VMware has had to make changes, including consolidating and incorporating functions from its acquired tools, rewriting parts of the offering to be more consistent with VMware’s development platform (Java) and replacing vCAC’s traditional orchestration engine with VMware vCenter Orchestrator (vCO).

VMware’s road map for its next release includes integrations and functionality to enable DevOps application life cycle processes, and release pipeline support for modeling, execution and visualization of the releases, as well as functionality for a continuous delivery platform to integrate with continuous integration toolchain tools (build/integration, test). Lastly, vCAC will build on its vCenter Operations (vCOPs) integration adding more visibility in the self-service portal and reclamation functionality.



  • VMware’s market presence ensures that vCAC is a default evaluation solution and offers a strong governance-oriented CMP that has strengths in the data center and desktop-as-a-service areas.
  • VMware’s technology certification, its hybrid cloud offering (vCHS) and service provider partnership program put it in a good position for hybrid cloud implementations.


  • Although VMware has expanded its support for heterogeneous and multihypervisor environments, clients continue to perceive VMware as a single hypervisor solution.
  • Confusion continues to persist around orchestration strategy and integration (e.g., vCD integration with vCAC).

Gartner Source:

Market Guide for Cloud Management Platforms From Large Software and Emerging Vendors (17 April 2014 ID:G00247836)

There is a comparison from HP CSA prospective, it’s a good read



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